The one-time winner of the Food Network present ‘Worst Cooks in America’ was discovered responsible of murder by baby abuse and sentenced to life in jail on Thursday.
Ariel Robinson, 30, of Greenville, South Carolina, was discovered responsible after jurors deliberated for an hour and a half following a four-day trial.
Robinson and her husband Jerry, 35, have been arrested in 2021 after the demise of their three-year-old foster daughter, Victoria Rose Smith. In April Jared pleaded responsible to aiding and abetting murder by baby abuse.
Police discovered Victoria unresponsive after responding to a Sept. 11 name on the Robinson’s home on January 14, 2021. Robinson claimed on the time that the toddler ‘went limp’ after ingesting an extra of liquids, and that she thought the woman had choked.
Ariel Robinson, 30, was discovered responsible of murder by baby abuse in South Carolina on Thursday
Robinson (left) was sentenced to life in jail for beating her three-year-old foster baby, Victoria Smith (proper), to demise in 2021
When requested about different bruises discovered all around the toddler’s physique, Ariel allegedly blamed Victoria’s brother, who the Robinsons additionally fostered and claimed had ‘anger points’.
Prosecutors argued that Robinson had in reality fatally crushed Victoria that evening.
Greenville County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Ward testified on Wednesday that the kid was crushed so severely that her blood vessels burst. He mentioned that the blood that subsequently collected in her muscle tissues and physique fats might have killed her.
‘If we lose sufficient blood, the guts would not have sufficient quantity to pump,’ Ward mentioned.
Jerry Robinson later advised authorities that the deadly beating was spurned by an incident the day earlier than, when Victoria vomited on the way in which to church and angered Ariel.
Ariel (left) and her husband Jared Robinson (proper). Jerry to pleaded responsible to aiding and abetting murder by baby abuse in April
The Robinsons have been arrested in 2021 when authorities responding to a 911 name at their South Carolina house discovered Victoria (above) unresponsive. At the time Ariel mentioned the woman had choked
Two witnesses, Jean Smith and Avery Santiago, testified on Wednesday that they noticed Ariel washing Victoria’s gown within the church rest room that day. Asking if the kid was sick, Robinson advised Smith ‘[The girl] eats an excessive amount of and makes herself throw up. [It’] a sport.’
Santiago testified that she heard Ariel telling Victoria ‘Oh, you are chilly. You’re chilly. Girls that make themselves throw up need to be chilly,’ FOX Carolina reported.
‘I used to be annoyed,’ Ariel testified on Thursday when requested in regards to the incident on the church.
It was not the primary time Ariel had misplaced her mood over Victoria’s consuming habits, in keeping with Jerry, who testified that his spouse would beat the kid with a picket paddle or a belt.
Ariel Robinson (left) in courtroom for the killing of Victoria Smith. Her trial lasted 4 days
Jurors deliberated for an hour and a half earlier than discovering Robinson responsible. Experts testified that Victoria was beatEN so badly that her blood vessels burst and blood crammed her muscle tissues
‘Sometimes I’d take a bit of [her] meals simply to assist her out,’ he testified.
Ariel teared up speaking about Victoria on the stand on Thursday, describing her as ‘an ideal baby.’
‘We had an excellent relationship,’ Ariel mentioned, in keeping with FOX Carolina’s Maya Ruiz, ‘She was my mini-me.’
Ruiz reported that Robinson mentioned ‘he is mendacity,’ when requested about her husband’s statements.
Before her murder arrest, Ariel was identified for successful season 20 of the Food Network present ‘Worst Cooks in America’ in 2020, and receiving a $25,000 money prize.
Ariel Robinson received a $25,000 grand prize after competing the Food Network present ‘Worst Cooks’ in America in 2020
She and her husband Jerry have two youngsters of their very own, and started fostering Victoria and her two brothers, aged 5 and 7, in 2020.
Victoria’s organic nice aunt, Michelle Urps, blames social employees for not paying correct consideration to the scenario.
She says she seen attainable bruises and markings on Victoria’s physique in photos Ariel had uploaded to social media.
‘I knew one thing was improper by her social media so why could not they?’ Urps advised DailyMail.com final yr.
‘You must query, do these case employees have the suitable coaching? Is the screening course of satisfactory? Are they trying in the suitable locations?’ she mentioned.
Urps began a petition on the Change.org web site calling on state lawmakers to move a invoice known as ‘Victoria’s Law’ which might reform the South Carolina Department of Social Services. The petition at the moment has practically 46,000 signatures.